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PHOTO: Salem's New MBTA Garage Coming Together

This photo was taken on Federal Street in Salem Wednesday morning.

June 18, 2014.
June 18, 2014.
Motorists making their way through downtown Salem can now see the frame of the city's new MBTA station parking garage as they turn onto Washington Street. 

The photos above were taken on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. 

Click Here to view photos of the same area in November. 

Also included in this post is an image of what the structure is expected to look like when completed.

What do you think? 

Let us know in the comments section below
Doug Bowker June 19, 2014 at 08:09 AM
J Morrison: Yeah all the griping here sort of makes me laugh too! Susan: It all came down to the money, and as we all might have noticed, there hasn't been a lot of it laying around lately, esp. at the MBTA. The State kicked in some, and I think some (slightly) more interesting designs were floated, but it all came down to cost. That and sight was more difficult to work with than originally planned on.
David Friedberg June 19, 2014 at 08:11 AM
I agree - it is a shame the garage looks as it does BUT, it might be possible to add art to the exterior walls. How about commissioning artists to create sculptures or have one or more architects, perhaps the PEM do rotating or permanent installations on the outside walls - it would offer a softer look, and be more personal and relevant to Salem and our significant artist and historically based community. At the very least, interestingly painted panels could be affixed to some or all walls with - i.e. painted utility boxes we enjoy like one nearby on Bridge St that looks like a police box. Please, no billboard of any kind! Oh, if you travel on the Mass Pike in Allston, WGBH did a neat install of a changing digital image wall with no words allowed - too expensive but cool!
That Girl June 19, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Art on the walls would be nice, similar to the Museum Place Mall garage. I agree with Susan that the garage does look like it has been designed based on a 1980s parking garage. It looks like it should have a mall attached to or near it! As for my gripes, I am probably one of the few commuters that was actually fine with the Salem Station before all of this started. I had little patience with those who were so up in arms that they didn't have a train station with a coffee shop and somewhere in side to sit blah blah blah. I think the challenge with the site was what was found under the parking lot when ground was broken (a wheel house?) and that added some extra challenges.
Ann G. June 19, 2014 at 08:54 AM
It's hidious!!
john June 19, 2014 at 09:49 AM
I really miss the view of the polluted river and junk yard.

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